Ship that celebrates Holland America Line's European heritage
Holland America's 2,044-passenger Signature-class ship, Eurodam, which entered service in July 2008, is the first ship to bear the name.
The 86,000-ton ship, built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard at a cost of about £230 million, marked Holland America’s new class of vessel and the largest ever constructed for the line.
HAL president Stein Kruse said: “This is the 80th passenger ship to sail in the company’s fleet and the first ship in our illustrious history to bear the name Eurodam. We chose the name to celebrate our European and Dutch heritage and our third century of sailing in one of the world’s most popular cruising regions.”
Eurodam furthers the evolution of Holland America’s sophisticated mid-sized ships to further define and expand the brand.
With 11 passenger decks, new innovations include a topside 144-seat Pan-Asian restaurant and 50-seat lounge surrounded by panoramic views overlooking the ocean expanse and the Lido pool. Other additions are an Explorer’s Lounge Bar, a new specialty restaurant adjacent to the Lido offering the finest in Italian food, elegant luxury jewelry boutiques, new atrium bar area, enhanced and reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating, and a new photographic and imaging center.
The line’s renowned Explorations Cafe is located on the starboard side of the Crow’s Nest, providing a scenic backdrop for guests wishing to enjoy specialty coffees, surf the internet and take advantage of the cafe’s music listening stations.
With an additional deck, the ship has 63 new staterooms more than the latest Vista-class ship. Forty-seven are verandah cabins and ten a new style of stateroom with ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. In total, the Eurodam can carry 1,022 double occupancy staterooms, with 86 per cent outside staterooms of which 67 percent feature verandahs.
Staterooms continue to provide all the Signature of Excellence premium amenities: plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel TVs, DVD players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets.
The Eurodam also continues with several much-admired Holland America features, including
On the technical side, the Eurodam features the latest state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems including dynamic positioning abilities to hold the ship in a precise position. The vessel is powered by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod propulsion technology.
A second Signature Class vessel, Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled for delivery in spring 2010.
Operated by Holland America Line
Built at Fincantieri, Italy
Entered service: July 2008
Gross tonnage: 86,273 tons
Staterooms: 1.002 including
- 684 with balcony
- 165 with Ocean View
- 145 Inside
- 21 for wheelchair access
Length: 936 ft
Width: 106 ft
Service speed: 24 knots
Two dining rooms (two sittings), four alternative dining options, two show lounges, three swimming pools (one with magradome), two show lounges, casino, library, fitness center, sauna, steam room.
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